Developer Hello Games is continuing to support No Man’s Sky, with a new update slated to arrive around the exploration title’s first anniversary this week. Patch 1.3 – also called Atlas Rises – will be free to all owners. It aims to improve the game’s story, and introduce fast travel.
Here’s a brief rundown, from an email developer Sean Murray sent to players:
Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players. We're calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man’s Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals. Patch notes will be made available shortly before the update goes live. What we do is much more important than what we say, but since launch we have sometimes focused too much on that.
This reveal follows a lengthy alternate reality game called Waking Titan. Select players were sent cassettes and other clues, which they used to uncover details about the patch.
No Man’s Sky launched last year, to a tepid critical response. Some fans were dissatisfied with the game, often citing promotional material that didn’t align with game’s final image.